Sage 500 ERP vs. ScaleFactor

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Sage 500
Score 6.1 out of 10
N/A
Sage 500 ERP includes accounting and finance, distribution and supply chain, and manufacturing operations support modules. The latest Sage 500 release includes accounts payable enhancements, credit card processing, and general updates, as well as updates to the solution's modules.N/A
ScaleFactor
Score 9.5 out of 10
Small Businesses (1-50 employees)
Austin-based ScaleFactor provides their small business accounting automation platform designed to combine software and expert assistance to SMBs and remove concern for financial, tax and accounting challenges.N/A
Pricing
Sage 500 ERPScaleFactor
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Sage 500ScaleFactor
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
Sage 500 ERPScaleFactor
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
7.4
1 Ratings
1% above category average
ScaleFactor
-
Ratings
Pay calculation9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Benefit plan administration6.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Direct deposit files9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
4.5
2 Ratings
46% below category average
ScaleFactor
9.0
2 Ratings
27% above category average
API for custom integration7.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Plug-ins2.02 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
5.0
2 Ratings
48% below category average
ScaleFactor
9.5
4 Ratings
20% above category average
Single sign-on capability2.02 Ratings9.54 Ratings
Role-based user permissions8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
8.3
2 Ratings
15% above category average
ScaleFactor
9.7
5 Ratings
27% above category average
Dashboards8.02 Ratings9.55 Ratings
Standard reports7.02 Ratings9.54 Ratings
Custom reports10.02 Ratings10.02 Ratings
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
6.6
2 Ratings
14% below category average
ScaleFactor
9.5
5 Ratings
26% above category average
Accounts payable7.02 Ratings10.04 Ratings
Accounts receivable7.02 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Global Financial Support2.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Journals and Reconciliations6.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Configurable Accounting8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Standardized Processes6.01 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Cash management00 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Bank reconciliation00 Ratings9.55 Ratings
Expense management00 Ratings9.55 Ratings
Multi-division support00 Ratings9.04 Ratings
Regulations compliance00 Ratings9.54 Ratings
Electronic tax filing00 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Self-service portal00 Ratings9.04 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
6.5
2 Ratings
20% below category average
ScaleFactor
9.0
4 Ratings
26% above category average
Inventory tracking9.02 Ratings9.04 Ratings
Automatic reordering3.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Location management8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
8.2
1 Ratings
6% above category average
ScaleFactor
-
Ratings
Pricing8.21 Ratings00 Ratings
Order entry8.21 Ratings00 Ratings
Credit card processing8.21 Ratings00 Ratings
Cost of goods sold8.21 Ratings00 Ratings
Subledger and Financial Process
Comparison of Subledger and Financial Process features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
5.4
1 Ratings
31% below category average
ScaleFactor
-
Ratings
Billing Management8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Cash and Asset Management6.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Travel & Expense Management8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting2.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Period Close5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Project Financial Management
Comparison of Project Financial Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
6.9
1 Ratings
10% below category average
ScaleFactor
-
Ratings
Budgeting and Forecasting1.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Project Costing3.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Cost Capture8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Capital Project Management9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Customer Contract Compliance9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Project Revenue Recognition9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Project Execution Management
Comparison of Project Execution Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
4.5
1 Ratings
41% below category average
ScaleFactor
-
Ratings
Task Insight for Project Managers7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Project Mobile Functionality5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Grants Management
Comparison of Grants Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
7.5
1 Ratings
1% above category average
ScaleFactor
-
Ratings
Award Lifecycle Management6.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Procurement
Comparison of Procurement features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
6.0
1 Ratings
14% below category average
ScaleFactor
-
Ratings
Contract Authoring8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Contract Repository10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Requisitions-to-Purchase Orders Integrated8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Supplier Management4.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Risk Management
Comparison of Risk Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
4.3
1 Ratings
39% below category average
ScaleFactor
-
Ratings
Risk Repository3.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Control Management7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Control Efficiency Assessments4.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Remediation and Certification3.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Supply Chain
Comparison of Supply Chain features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
1.3
1 Ratings
140% below category average
ScaleFactor
-
Ratings
Forecasting1.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Inventory Planning2.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance Monitoring1.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Product Lifecycle Management
Comparison of Product Lifecycle Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 500 ERP
5.3
1 Ratings
32% below category average
ScaleFactor
-
Ratings
Proposal Management7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Product Master Data Management4.01 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
Sage 500 ERPScaleFactor
Likelihood to Recommend
2.0
(4 ratings)
9.5
(5 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
6.3
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
9.5
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.5
(2 ratings)
Online Training
6.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Sage 500 ERPScaleFactor
Likelihood to Recommend
Sage
Sage 500 ERP is great for companies with core accounting needs, distributors, and discrete manufacturers. Some areas, such as process manufacturing, would require a companion product from an ISV for the software to be truly functional. Some areas, such as construction or retail apparel, may simply not be well-served.
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ScaleFactor
I work with several businesses and have attempted to bring ScaleFactor into multiple. Thus far the business status/environment has been suitable for ScaleFactor only once, but I'll continue to look for more. ScaleFactor is great when a company has matured beyond the owner making all accounting and banking entries. As soon as multiple systems are needed, it's likely a decent time to call ScaleFactor. I'm confident my operations could run through ScaleFactor for a long time as the next step for us would be something akin to NetSuite or some other more rigid enterprise solution. Additionally, our business has a geographically displaced work force, typically working from home. Having access to all systems via the cloud has been great. No longer do we have to pass a specific computer back and forth for a physical computer software license. It's enabled maximum work flow convenience.
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Pros
Sage
  • Sage is the one-stop-shop for all of our needs. We're able to control contracts, subcontracts, and field reports from the program.
  • Another strength is the ability to database all the information and export it to excel. This makes data-based investigations a breeze.
  • The ability for Timberscan to be imported to Sage is a huge help with invoice management. Prior to this it all had to be done manually and slowed the process to an essential halt as there are thousands of invoices per month.
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ScaleFactor
  • ScaleFactor has been a great resource for me as I got my business off the ground. They have allowed me to focus on marketing and strategy while they handle my Quickbooks and other accounting needs. Great accounting and finance solutions that don't require you to hire an in-house staff
  • Presenting data clearly.
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Cons
Sage
  • The biggest concern/complaint of Sage 500 users is speed. Some of the screen take a while to load.
  • The user interface needs some refreshing. Screens need to be updated to take advantage of shortcuts and to be more intuitive.
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ScaleFactor
  • Could connect with All saving accounts i.e. Building society saving aswell as major banks.
  • When a connected bank or savings account hasn't been used for a month or 2 it could show a 0 transaction to keep it updated rather then saying "last updated 3 months ago"
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Likelihood to Renew
Sage
It's too pricey for our size of company.
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ScaleFactor
No answers on this topic
Usability
Sage
No answers on this topic
ScaleFactor
ScaleFactor has been a great resource for me as I got my business off the ground. They have allowed me to focus on marketing and strategy while they handle my Quickbooks and other accounting needs. Great accounting and finance solutions that don't require you to hire an in-house staff.
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Support Rating
Sage
No answers on this topic
ScaleFactor
Not sure if support is still available.
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Online Training
Sage
The online training courses are not up to date. We experienced technical issues with two of the classes.
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ScaleFactor
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
Sage
Keep your database and application in different servers.
Install Microsoft Office on your application server so you can use some of the data analysis tools in Sage.
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ScaleFactor
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
Sage
500 seems much smoother at handling some of the basic accounting tasks, for example both issuing and later reconciling checks in Dynamics AX seems a little tedious.
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ScaleFactor
Scale factor, can be used like Xero I believe. However all my past data was already stored in Xero so I used it as an add on. It is a lot more user friendly and helpful, i.e. you don't need to be an accountant to use it. However I am not sure it is useable anymore or supported, so i have gone back to using Xero alone.
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Return on Investment
Sage
  • Positive: The program allows for a lot of data entry and splitting of information. It has the capability of replacing multiple programs and therefore saving cost.
  • Negative: The modules are cumbersome and not user friendly at all. As a result not many user are comfortable using it. This means that the program is not being used to its capacity.
  • Negative: Although the program has the capacity to be great, the user interface destroys that potential. Sage needs to seriously work on their program to simplify it. It's as if it still uses Command-line entries from 1995. Needs to be updated ASAP.
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ScaleFactor
  • They have been fundamental in helping us grow and scale at a relatively low cost in comparison to out-sourcing these functions. We can spend more on other items that can fuel growth while knowing the back end is taken care of.
  • They provide automated supports for key areas like payroll, expenses, etc so that we can quickly get back to focusing on the other items.
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